We’d been planning for some day old chicks for Spring since January and finally the big day came. Dark Brahmas, Buff Orpingtons, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Barnevelders, Silver Grey Dorkings, Cuckoo Marans and more Ameraucanas made up the order from Performance Poultry near Belleville. They specialize in heritage and unusual breeds so if you want something more than the basic feed store offerings this is the place to go.
Here they are in the box as they arrive home. It was a bumpy
2 1/2 hour ride for them but they all arrrived fine.
The first order of business was to get them into the brooder with water and food and heat. Without the mother hen they need extra heat. They also need to be taught how to drink by dipping their beaks in the water. They all seemed to be eating and drinking within a few minutes but they need to be monitored to make sure that they are all getting what they need. The yolk sac will keep them going for a day or two but beyond that they are on their own.
The variety of colours is amazing and will get more interesting as they grow. We chose the breeds for variety of egg colour too, some will lay dark brown eggs to go with other shades of brown, green and white.
Of course there’s always one trouble maker who has to stand in the food and make a mess of things! More photos to follow as they start growing.